WSOP Tournament of Champions

Official Day 1 Chip Counts

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Erik Seidel us 72,075
Johnny Chan us 71,325
Mike Matusow us 70,575
Barry Greenstein us 56,775
Joe Hachem au 55,650
Huck Seed us 51,875
Bertrand Grospellier fr 51,175
Allen Cunningham us 49,300
Scotty Nguyen us 48,900
Dan Harrington us 38,250
Daniel Negreanu ca 36,125
Antonio Esfandiari us 25,925
Howard Lederer us 25,750
Chris Ferguson us 25,125
Phil Hellmuth us 21,825
TJ Cloutier us 20,125
Jennifer Harman us 19,275
Andrew Barton 18,200
Mike Sexton us 18,125
Annie Duke us 12,500
Joseph Cada us 12,125
Doyle Brunson us 10,200

Official Day 1 Chip Counts (full)

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Erik Seidel us 72,075
Jon Chan 71,325
Mike Matusow us 70,575
Barry Greenstein us 56,775
Joe Hachem au 55,650
Huck Seed us 51,875
Bertrand Grospellier fr 51,175
Allen Cunningham us 49,300
Scotty Nguyen us 48,900
Dan Harrington us 38,250
Daniel Negreanu ca 36,125
Antonio Esfandiari us 25,925
Howard Lederer us 25,750
Chris Ferguson us 25,125
Phil Hellmuth us 21,825
TJ Cloutier us 20,125
Jennifer Harman us 19,275
Andrew Barton 18,200
Mike Sexton us 18,125
Annie Duke us 12,500
Joseph Cada us 12,125
Doyle Brunson us 10,200

Day 1 Wraps, 22 Remain

TOC Day 1 chip leader Erik Seidel
TOC Day 1 chip leader Erik Seidel

The first four levels of the WSOP Tournament of Champions resulted in only five eliminations. John Juanda was the first to fall when he ran into Jennifer Harman's set of jacks and he was followed out the door by Barry Shulman, Greg Raymer, Sam Farha, and eight-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey, who became short-stacked early, ran it back up to 33,000 and busted out a short time later.

Erik Seidel (72,075), Johnny Chan (71,325) and Mike Matusow (70,575) more than doubled their starting stacks today and finished the day 1-2-3 atop the leaderboard. Needing to do a bit of work and catch a few cards are Annie Duke (12,500), Joe Cada (12,125) and Doyle Brunson (10,200).

Action will continue tomorrow at 12 p.m. PDT. The plan is to play another four levels. We do hope you join us again.

For all of us at PokerNews, that's a wrap from the Rio.

End of Day Chip Counts

72,075
71,325
70,575 -4,425
56,775 -16,225
55,650 -8,850
51,875
49,300 2,300
48,900 16,900
38,250 8,250
36,125 4,425
25,925 -2,225
25,750 -225
25,125
21,825 -7,675
20,125 -1,125
19,275
18,200
18,125 -1,575
12,500 -500
12,125
10,200 1,025

Slowdown in the Red Corner

Action has been somewhat unspectacular at the table in the red section since Erik Seidel moved into the lead, so please enjoy these chip counts rather than hear about the limping and folding going on at the table right now.

73,000 -3,000
60,000 -10,000
53,000 6,000
39,000 2,000
16,000 -4,000
15,000 -4,800
13,000 -3,000

Phil Still Pholding

Phil Hellmuth just keeps folding away. He was doing a better job of conserving his stack when he wasn't here. In the latest of five or six hands to end with a tank-fold, Hellmuth raised to 700 under the gun. Mike Matusow and Mike Sexton both called. They checked around the {k-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flop. On the {8-Diamonds} turn, Mike Sexton bet 1,400, and only Hellmuth called. The river paired the board with the {8-Clubs}. Sexton overbet the pot, putting 8,000 out there. And two minutes later, Hellmuth folded.

The next hand, he and Mike Sexton both checked a {9-Spades}{6-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} flop. The turn was the {8-Hearts}, and Sexton check-called Hellmuth's 1,200 bet. Then Sexton bet out 2,000 on the {j-Hearts} river. "What the f*%k? Am I getting cheated or something?" Hellmuth said as he folded another one.
He's got another 15,000 left to fold the next hand.

Tags: Phil HellmuthMike MatusowMike Sexton

Hachem Puts Cloutier to a Decision

T.J. Cookier... I mean Cloutier...
T.J. Cookier... I mean Cloutier...

T.J. Cloutier opened for 1,150 from early position and Joe Hachem reraised to 3,350 from the small blind. Cloutier called and they saw a {Q-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Diamonds} flop. Hachem led out for 5,250 and Cloutier called. The turn came the {10-Hearts} and Hachem bet enough to set Cloutier all-in for his remaining 21,275. After a long think, Cloutier open-folded his {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}.

Hachem showed him the same hand and raked in the pot. The Aussie is up to 64,525 and is the chip leader here at the featured table.

Tags: Joe HachemT.J. Cloutier

ElkY Shows a Better Two Pair

"ElkY"
"ElkY"

Doyle Brunson opened for 825, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier called, Daniel Negreanu called and Antonio Esfandiari came along as well.

The flop came down {J-Hearts}{10-Spades}{2-Diamonds}. Negreanu checked to Esfandiari, who bet 2,750. Brunson folded, Grospellier called, and Negreanu folded. Heads-up to the turn, which fell the {A-Hearts}. Esfandiari checked and Grospellier checked behind. The river was the {K-Spades} and Esfandiari led out for 4,200. Grospellier made the call.

Esfandiari showed {K-Diamonds}{J-Spades} for two pair, but Grospellier had the better two with {A-Spades}{J-Clubs} and took down the pot.

Tags: Bertrand GrospellierAntonio EsfandiariDaniel NegreanuDoyle Brunson

Seidel Table Chip Daddy

Chris Ferguson raised to 800 under the gun and it folded right around to Erik Seidel in the big blind who made the call.

Seidel initially checked the {2-Spades}{4-Spades}{6-Spades} flop, but when Ferguson bet 1,200 he raised to 3,000. Ferguson called.

Seidel checked again on the {5-Clubs} turn and Ferguson now checked behind. When they got to the {q-Hearts} river Seidel bet out 4,000 and Ferguson called - only to muck when Seidel turned over {q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} for a rivered top pair.

Seidel - now the table leader on 76,000
Ferguson - back down to 37,000

Seeing as it's Erik Seidel who is holding up the restart of the PLO8 - where 21 players remain and Seidel is the second-shortest stack - it's good to know he might get something for all the trouble.

Tags: Erik SeidelChris Ferguson

Hellmuth Puts on a Folding Clinic

Phil Hellmuth raised to 800 under the gun, and Scotty Nguyen flatted. Mike Sexton called in the big blind, and they went three-handed to the {a-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{6-Spades} flop. All three checked to the {j-Hearts} turn. Sexton checked again, and Hellmuth bet 1,400. Nguyen raised it up to 6,400. Sexton folded, and Hellmuth tank-called. Phil checked the {5-Hearts} river, and Nguyen fired 15,000. Hellmuth thought for a minute or two while Mike Matusow berated him for taking so long to make every decision. Finally, he folded, saying he was mucking king-jack. Nguyen showed the {10-Clubs}. "Ten-high, baby."

Tags: Phil HellmuthMike MatusowScotty NguyenMike Sexton